The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Ottawa today on his way to Washington on Sunday, there to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday. Undoubtedly, Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and the likelihood of Israel initiating war against Iran will be top of mind as he visits both North American capitals.
Mr. Netanyahu reportedly said as much. Apparently, he told his Cabinet that how Israel protects itself from Iran’s nuclear program will be front and centre of talks on this trip.
Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership, Canada’s friendship with the state of Israel has been unambiguous. And so it should be. Canada’s loyalty to the most democratic country in the Middle East is commendable.
A Muslim citizen of Israel is freer, has more in the way of legally guaranteed human rights and more economic opportunity than that Muslim would have in any predominantly Muslim country in the world. A sad fact, but true.
Furthermore, an Arab citizen of Israel is freer, has more in the way of legally guaranteed human rights and more economic opportunity than a Jew or Christian has in any predominantly Arab country in the world. Another sad but true fact.
Prime Minister Harper warned earlier this year that Iran’s development of a nuclear arms program may prompt the Israeli Prime Minister to request Canada’s support for “initiating war” against Iran.
It’s safe to assume, I believe, that PM Harper’s Conservative government is likely to stand with Israel on this touchy file, giving Mr. Netanyahu moral support when he sits down with the U.S. president early next week.